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Making Social Welfare Policy in America: Three Case Studies since 1950

Edward D. Berkowitz


Making Social Welfare Policy synthesizes the author’s previous work on the history of important social welfare programs such as Social Security, Medicare, and Aid to Families with Dependent Children. It provides a close examination of the passage of Social Security Disability Insurance in 1956, Medicare in 1965, and the Clinton era welfare program known as Temporary Aid to Needy Families in 1996. It illustrates the influence of random events and serendipitous occurrences in all three cases. All three programs helped to determine the future of America’s social welfare policy. In disability, ret ... More

Keywords: Medicare, Social Security, disability insurance, welfare

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226692067
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226692371.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edward D. Berkowitz, author
George Washington University